Close reading, PBL, and tensions

Probe—Create Change—Reflect

A tension that has arisen often in conversations between my co-instructor and I and myself as we prepared for an upcoming course in life science, gender, and race, texts… – by tension I don’t mean something that is a disagreement or even something that has to be resolved, indeed perhaps the essence of co-teaching is that there are tensions to be played out in real time. The tension is that she understands that we cannot assign hundreds of pages to be read each week and still follow the project-based learning (PBL) process, yet she knows how much her scholarship and her teaching revolves around very close reading of texts.

Close reading makes me think about tensions in my own work. I know how much I get by puzzling out the structure of arguments. Sometimes this is drawn from examining the scene setting at the start of an article and the…

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